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dc.contributor.authorJohansson, Gerd Ann-Katrin Janmyr
dc.contributor.authorOmar, Ridwaan
dc.contributor.authorLehmann, Sverre
dc.contributor.authorSannevik, Josefin
dc.contributor.authorMastrovito, Berit
dc.contributor.authorJohansson, Anders Arne
dc.description.abstractObjectives To describe acute and long COVID-19 symptoms among older elderly Swedes and to find predictive factors for the development symptoms associated with acute and long COVID. Material and methods A questionnaire about general and oral health was mailed to all 80-year-olds (born 1942, n = 6299) and 90-year-olds (born 1932, n = 1904) in two Swedish counties. Participants reporting COVID-19 were asked to complete an additional questionnaire. Results Overall response rate was 66 % (n = 5375). Affirmative responses to having been sick/tested positive for COVID-19 were reported by 577 persons. Response rate to the COVID-19 questionnaire was 49 %. The majority (88 %) reported some general symptoms during the acute stage while 44 % reported orofacial symptom/s. Reporting of any form of long-COVID general symptoms was 37 and 35 % for orofacial symptoms. Predictive factors for contracting COVID-19 (based on self-report from 2017) were living in elderly housing/senior care facility (OR 1.6, CI 1.0–2.3), large number (>10) of weekly social contacts (OR 1.5, CI 1.3–1.9), being married (OR 1.4, CI 1.1–1.7) and high school/university education (OR 1.3 CI 1.1–1–6). The highest odds ratio for general symptoms of long-COVID were a single complete denture (OR 5.0, CI 2.0–12.3), reporting bad breath (OR 3.7, CI 1.9–7.2) and daytime dry mouth (OR 2.2, CI 1.1–4.2). Regarding long-COVID orofacial symptoms, the highest risk factors were bad breath (OR 3.8, CI 1.9–7.5) and a single complete denture in one jaw (OR 3.4, CI 1.2–9.8). Conclusion Long-COVID general and orofacial symptoms are common among older elderly COVID-19 survivors Clinical significance Oral microorganisms may be responsible for development of long-COVID symptoms. Health personnel managing COVID-19 patients should carefully examine dental status, especially in those having acrylic-based removable dentures, for oral signs and symptoms. If found, rigorous oral hygiene procedures should be carried out including cleaning/disinfection of the denture.en_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleGeneral and orofacial symptoms associated with acute and long COVID in 80- and 90-year-old Swedish COVID-19 survivorsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2023 The Author(s)en_US
dc.source.journalJournal of Dentistryen_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Dentistry. 2023, 141, 104824.en_US

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